Friday, November 30, 2012

Fellow Reflectoin - Luiz Lopez

STEM Saturdays

            Being a Huskie Service Scholar is a both a huge responsibility and a great challenge. One must commit to the department one is working for and make sure to be as helpful to them as possible. Working for STEM Outreach is probably the best thing I’ve done in school so far. Not only are they people who are passionate about what they do, they are people who have a mission and work very hard towards it. I have learned many things by working for them and I have surprised myself with some of things I’ve been able to accomplish.

            Something I am very proud of is of the great growth I have accomplished as a leader. Working at the STEM Saturday classes has given me the chance to work on my leadership skills and to serve as a role model for younger kids. When working at the STEM Saturday classes one must interact with the kids and guide them through their work. It is a very challenging task, especially when there are 16 kids to help but only two volunteers working, but it is extremely rewarding and I encourage anyone who wants to try something new to volunteer to work in some of them. Once the kids start recognizing you and show interest in your life and what you do, you’ll be hooked and you will want to do it again.

Peer Mentor Reflection - Heather Walsh

Having the opportunity to become a peer mentor is amazing. I am the peer mentor for STEM Outreach and have received the Huskie Service Scholarship. I am in charge of mentoring a freshman and a transfer student. Both of them are great to work with and they are extremely reliable. We all work together to make sure the STEM office has everything they need. I have participated in STEM Fest and elementary school events. Everyone in the office is welcoming and easy to talk to. I go into the office about twice a week and I feel completely comfortable being there and completing any task they need.

I love being a peer mentor because I have always had leadership positions. I am huge on community service and I am also an Elementary Education major. Working for STEM has allowed me to help the northern community and also gain insight about science experiments and helping children. I am very proud of everything I have learned and my ability to stay organized and be a role model for my fellows. I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a Huskie Service Scholar to do so. It is extremely rewarding and you make wonderful connections.